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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 21, 2011 2:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recurring motifs

"The remarkable thing for me is how much of Garcia's magic is built on simple building blocks, beautifully combined together with the trademark tone."

Lately I've been jamming along with the boys on my Strat a good amount, and it is absolutely stunning when you realize the creativity Jerry had when it came to not being repetitive within a 2 chord, or 3 chord jam. Sometimes he even stays within 1 chord for quite awhile, and is somehow able to never repeat himself. I'm not sure if people realize how difficult this is. Jerry could play the same 12 notes, in a thousand different ways, by alternating not just notes, but the phrasing, loudness, picking method, etc. He still blows my mind almost every day. Love you Jerry.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 21, 2011 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recurring motifs

I am certainly stunned by it... even more mind-blowing when you think about he's playing the same songs hundreds of times, and coming up with fresh approaches repeatedly. Others may not regard him as highly as say, Hendrix, Clapton or Stevie Ray, but for me, Garcia has the most range, a wider breadth of songs, the sweetest tone, the most creativity, more musicality and lyricism - he's numero uno. A minstrel for the ages.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Oct 21, 2011 9:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recurring motifs

Your post makes me smirk with delight b/c it articulates so well why I love the man...there is just NO ONE else who plays the way he does!

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 21, 2011 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Recurring motifs

Yeah, right on.

Guitarist ranging in skill from total hack (like myself) up to fairly accomplished copiers of Garcia's style tend to have a few tricks and very often tend repeat a signature riff. It seems ole' Jer had an aversion to repetition. I think that is the main reason why so many have compared his style and phrasing to the great improvisational jazz artists. Always a twist to the standard arrangement.

To me, that is why listening to Garcia is so very interesting. Creativity unfolds before your very ears.

It's probably the same reason why it was so much fun to play WITH Jerry......if you could hang.